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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Wildfires Affect Travel But Not Near Utah National Parks

Several wildfires are burning in Utah and some are affecting travel and recreation. Major fires are listed below. At this writing, the blazes do not affect Utah's major highways, national parks or our most popular recreation areas.

Some regionally popular recreation spots and secondary roads have been closed because of the blazes. Take care if you plan to travel near any active fire. And be aware that new fires can erupt at any time. This website has current information.

Most Utah wildfires are ignited by lightning but some are human-caused. Conditions are dry and people always need to obey safety rules when camping and traveling in the backcountry.

Active Fires:

Plateau Fire, 5 miles east of Salina. Area roads are closed.

Levan Fire, south of the town of Levan in Central Utah. The fire is burning east of Hwy 28. Home from the Chicken Creek to Water Hollow areas were evacuated but residents have been allowed to return. However, more evacuations are possible.

Springville Fire, in the Spring Canyon area east of Springville. The blaze is located just north of Hobble Creek Canyon. Some homes were evacuated but residents have been allowed to return. This is still a very active fire.

Y Fire, in Rock Canyon east of Provo. This small fire is located in an inaccessible area and is being attached by helicopter. At last report there were only a few smoldering trees.

Black Fire, on Black Crook Peak in southern Tooele County. This is a very active fire but is not located near towns or recreation areas.

Simpson Complex Fires, actually two fires, the Lion Peak and the Sheep fires are being managed jointly. These are large, active fires located south of the small community of Terra, in Tooele County. The Pony Express Road over Lookout Pass is closed. The fire has crossed the Little Valley Road to the east. At this time no homes or structures are threatened.

Rockport Fire, burning near Rockport Reservoir NE of Park City. Crews appear to have the upper hand and continue mop up activities. If the fire flares again, travel and recreation in the Rockport area will be affected.

Tunnel Hollow Fire, 5 miles east of Morgan, now looks like it is being controlled. However, public access to the Weber River is closed from Croyden to Morgan.


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